Volunteers for the Greater Lakes Region Children's auction crowd the podium as the grand total of $489, 435 is announced on Saturday. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction raised $489,435 in its first year operating out of Contigiani's Catering and Event Center at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club in Gilford.
Of that total, $276,267 was raised by Pub Mania at Patrick's Pub and Eatery in Gilford.
"It is truly an honor to be part of such a community and to watch over 1,500 volunteers between the auction and Pub Mania," said Sandy Marshall, chairman of auction.
She said that many people worked to make the auction a success and praised Jim and Bonnie Contigiani and Contigiani's Catering and Event Center "for letting us completely take over their space for a week during their busiest season."
Marshall also expressed gratitude to Sandy Cleary and CruCon Cruise Outlet for being the presenting sponsor for the auction, as well as donating a truckload of auction items, and to R.J. and Bridget Harding of the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion for giving the auction use of their staff for a week and providing all the technical support needed to keep the phone banks, website and bid boards always moving.
She thanked MetroCast and Steve Mazzaschi for wiring the building so the auction could be broadcast live, and to Lakes Region Public Access TV and its manager Grace McNamara and technical guru Shane Selling, as well as students from the Huot Center and community volunteers.
And she said that Alan Beetle and the whole crew from Patrick's held an amazingly successful Pub Mania, which shattered its own record for fundraising.
Pub Mania, now in its eighth year, has raised over $1.3 million for the auction. The 31 teams taking part devote time year-round to raising funds for the auction through a variety of activities, ranging from weekly cribbage and bingo games, pool tournaments, comedy nights and spaghetti suppers. Beetle thanked all of the teams and their captains at last week's Pub Mania event kickoff, observing that all of the work was 99 percent completed and that it was up to the 24 members of each team to enjoy themselves and have some fun.
Marshall said the board of directors of the auction will hand out the first series of checks on Wednesday, Dec. 14, "so that our Greater Lakes Region cildren will have warm clothes, food and Christmas gifts."
Pub Mania "Mayor" Michael Seymour holds the microphone for Allan Beetle of Patrick's Pub and Eatery as Beetle announces the total of $276,267 by the annual fundraiser for the Greater Lakes Region Children's auction on Saturday. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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